For CIRSE and IDEAS 2017, we will be heading north to Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen. Appropriately for the scene of our innovative congress, Copenhagen has ranked consistently high in the world’s most innovative cities index, showcasing its potential for creation, implementation and communication of ideas. Always seeking for new and better methods to accomplish aims, Copenhagen is not only leading the way in developing the world’s first carbon-neutral capital, but has also been the home of some fantastic scientists: August Krogh, the 1920 Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Johannes Fibiger, the first person to produce experimental proof of cancer being caused by external influence and, of course, Niels Bohr, the pioneering physicist, to name a few. We hope that this compact yet significant location will serve as an ideal backdrop to deliver cutting-edge science from global IR experts.
CIRSE 2017 will take place in the beautiful Bella Center, one of Scandinavia’s largest conference and exhibition centres, providing plenty of room for a host of scientific sessions, the technical exhibition, society meetings and dynamic interaction. The Bella Center is centrally located in the new part of Copenhagen, Ørestad and has its own metro station on the M1 line, which is just a few stops away from the airport and about a ten-minute ride from the city centre. There are also many hotels and restaurants in the immediate vicinity.
Copenhagen has an efficient infrastructure, which makes it easy to arrive by train, bus, ferry or airplane. Copenhagen Airport is situated only eight kilometres outside of Copenhagen city centre and is just a 15-minute metro journey to Kongens Nytorv or Nørreport in Copenhagen city centre.
Taxis are available from terminal 1 or 3 and will take approximately 20 minutes to reach downtown Copenhagen for €33-40.
As in recent years, CIRSE has teamed up with the Star Alliance network to provide CIRSE 2017 participants with the best fares on their flights. Those booking with Star Alliance airlines can benefit from a discount of up to 20%. For more information on these deals and participating airlines, visit www.cirse.org/flights, and be sure to mention the discount code SK09S17 when booking.
Reliable and punctual, Copenhagen’s driverless public transportation system is one of the best in the world. With a City Pass, all trains, metro and buses (including waterbuses) can be accessed with the same ticket, including travel from the airport.
CIRSE is also offering delegates a 70% discount on public transportation through the Copenhagen Travel Pass! A Travel Pass will provide unlimited use of the public transport during your stay in the city. You can find more information about this offer and purchase tickets by visiting www.cirse.org/travelpass.
You can also find directions and plan your trip around the city at www.journeyplanner.dk
Copenhagen is also one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world, boasting 400 kilometres of cycle lanes not shared with cars or pedestrians, so if you are up for a spin, rent a City Bike, Bycyklen, to get around the city!
Learn more at www.bycyklen.dk
Where to Stay
Our official travel partner Kuoni Destination Management will once again assist with all travel and accommodation needs. Take advantage of their new K-Book system to find a wide selection of hotels and the best available rates!
Although Copenhagen is probably best known for being the last home of the legendary author of fairytales, Hans Christian Andersen, the city has a wealth of creative genius, including the ground-breaking Nordic dining which has sprung up in gourmet bistros and restaurants around the capital. With 16 Michelin starred restaurants which focus on local and seasonal produce, the distinct food scene in Copenhagen is not to be missed. Swing by Nyhavn to find some excellent spots to dine with a beautiful view of the old port, or try something new at the Copenhagen Street Food market on The Paper Island, which gained its name from its previous use as the industrial halls of the paper storage for the Danish Press. Food trucks fill this old warehouse along the harbour, with vendors featuring a wide array of delicious, sustainable culinary options.
If you’re looking for a little entertainment after dinner, head over to Tivoli Gardens for the the largest selection of restaurants in Copenhagen; alongside the gardens there is an amusement park, and venues for theatre, dance and music.
Taking place in a location that is making waves throughout Europe, CIRSE 2017 promises to be a meeting not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you there!
Photos provided by Copenhagen Media Center